EARN IT and LAED are threatening to kill free speech and encryption
Privacy is under threat again in the US.
This time, two new acts proposed by US Senators aim to undermine encryption and bring even more surveillance to the online world.
Under the guise of making the internet a safer place, the bills would massively transform cybersecurity and free speech.
The EARN IT Act
Senators introduced the EARN IT Act (S. 3398) in early March 2020.
It stands for Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act, and it falls under the Communications Decency Act.
EARN IT has stirred quite a bit of controversy. That’s because it would dramatically affect free speech online and undermine encryption.
Also, it directly contradicts the First and Fourth Amendment of the US constitution.
Going against the First Amendment
The EARN IT Act wants to impose a series of so-called best practices for online service providers. As a result, digital platforms would need to take legal responsibility for the content their users generate online.